In our previous “Real World Examples” post, we focused on Regard for Student Perspectives. As we continue our journey through the CLASS manual, today we will move into our next domain, Classroom Organization. Let’s dive right into the dimension of Behavior Management. And speaking of diving, summer is here and temperatures are at an all time high, so I’m sure we are headed to our local community pool to cool off!
The Example: The Community Pool
The minute you walk into the pool center you see the sign with the rules clearly stated behind the sign in desk:
As you head into the locker rooms to change, you see a sign with the rules clearly posted again by the hand washing sinks. Then, as you settle down into a chair by the pool you see another post on the fence (clarity of rules and clear expectations)! As you are applying your sunscreen you hear the lifeguard say, “Remember to walk so that you stay safe!” (consistency).
You noticed that the lifeguards on duty are constantly monitoring the water and the perimeter of the pool to ensure everyone’s safety (monitors). Additionally, they are watching for congestion at the diving board area, as this space can get congested with kids anxiously awaiting their turn (anticipates problem behavior or escalation).
At the diving board when two girls start to shove each other and shout, “It’s my turn! I was first!” the lifeguard calmly responds, “You will each get a turn to jump off the diving board. Let’s cheer her on!” The girls begin to cheer, “Go Samantha! Go!” (effective reduction of misbehavior). As the day hot day continues on you hear the lifeguard saying, “Thank you for walking! You're being safe—high five!” and, ”Thank you for not splashing” (attention to the positive).
With consistent and clear behavior expectations, being proactive and monitoring, paying attention to the positive, you hear the sounds of excited children having a fun and safe day at the pool. They are walking, and waiting their turn for the diving board (frequent compliance, little aggression and defiance).
By having proactive behavior management strategies in place at the community pool, children are able to engage in social play, develop their gross motor skills, and spend quality time with their friends and family in a safe and engaging learning environment!
What are some of your favorite real-world examples of Behavior Management? Does the dimension of Behavior Management ever come to mind when you are navigating the adult world too?
As the former Vice President of Education and Program Operations, as well as the Head Start/Early Head Start Program Director, of a large Chicago Agency, I am often asked the question, “How did you get your CLASS scores to rise so much?” Our Pre-K Instructional Support scores rose from a 2.65 to a 3.74 the first year, and from a 3.74 to a 4.17 the second year. It wasn’t an easy process. And it was up to us to show our teachers the importance of teacher-student interactions and slowly introduce how CLASS scores could be used to improve these interactions.
Below are three steps we took to introduce the importance of CLASS and interactions to our teachers and, ultimately, raise our CLASS scores.
Teachstone continues to fulfill the important role of supporting Spanish-speaking partners who implement CLASS in their programs and communities. In an effort to strengthen our reach to this key base, Teachstone recently hosted a regional conference in Caguas, Puerto Rico. The regional conference offered several CLASS trainings in Spanish as well as translation services for English trainings. Trainings were held from November 4–8 at the headquarters and facilities of Camera Mundi Inc. Camera Mundi is the largest and most comprehensive provider of products, equipment, materials, and services to the educational sector in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean.
There’s a powerful shift happening in early childhood classrooms across Louisiana. While education leaders across the country have visions of bringing high-quality, impactful interactions to all of their students, leaders in Louisiana have taken deliberate steps to turn their vision into a reality.